Saturday, January 14, 2017

California lawmakers propose bills to teach students to identify 'fake news'; Guardian, 1/12/17

Alan Yuhas, Guardian; 

California lawmakers propose bills to teach students to identify 'fake news'

" In northern California, state senator Bill Dodd proposed a measure that would ask the state education board to create a “media literacy” curriculum. His proposal would incorporate training in social science courses from first through 12th grade and try to teach students critical thinking, independent research and “digital citizenship”.

“The rise of fake and misleading news is deeply concerning,” Dodd said in a statement. “Even more concerning is the lack of education provided to ensure people can distinguish what is fact and what’s not.”

“By giving students the proper tools to analyze the media they consume, we can empower them to make informed decisions,” he added.

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